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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1995.85
  • Catalogue No.: 299
  • Object type: Plate
  • Kiln/Location: Imari
  • Period/Date: late 17th century
  • Dimensions: D. 18.0 cm
  • Provenance: Story Fund
  • Description: Square plate. Underglaze blue, and red, yellow, green, aubergine and black enamels. Geometrically-patterned squares over a part of well within underglaze blue lines. The rim with green waves and red flower-heads. Underglaze blue waves on reverse.

    The underglaze blue waves on the reverse of this dish are closely allied to those on the back of certain elaborately decorated dishes of indeterminate Arita origin, usually decorated in colours similar to the Kakiemon palette, with a divided border of floral panels and with flowers in the well; see Nippon toji zenshu, 24, 1976, pls. 82, 83. The strongly marked square motifs, probably derived from textile sources, resemble a five-lobed bowl in the British Museum (BM 1268). The design was utilised in various forms by European porcelain actories, especially the Meissen, often in conjunction with other patterns (horror vacui); see, for example, the Meissen plate in the Victoria and Albert Museum (c. 75-1957) illustrated in Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, no. 185.

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